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Lösungsansätze eines erfolgreichen Marketings für adidas in Bezug auf die FIFA-Fußballweltmeisterschaft 2014

  • The Bachelor Thesis is about the efficiency of adidas’ sport sponsoring efforts at the Football World Cup 2014 – measured on the basis of digital marketing successes. This study has two major purposes: Firstly, to find out whether adidas was able to reach its pre-defined goals on digital platforms and secondly, to compare the digital effects of an official sponsor (adidas) with a on-official sponsor/ambush-marketer (Nike)showing that the extra costs were well invested. The author suggests that mbushmarketers - although they don’t have the official right to use the World Cup as their advertising rostrum - are also able to benefit from the World Cup itself and from starting some World Cup-related campaigns in social platforms, but not to the same extent as official sponsors. The thesis is divided into two parts - the theoretical part, that gives a theoretical background to the main topic and the practical part that analyses the two main questions of the empirical study. The analysis shows that adidas’ sport sponsoring efforts in social platforms were highly successful regarding the fact that they were able to achieve seven out of ten pre-defined goals. With regards to the three (pretty ambitious) goals that weren’t reached, the author further gives improvement proposals with precise ideas about what needs to be done in order to achieve them in the future. In the next step the author gives an overview of the privilegues that official sponsors of the World Cup possess in contrast to ambush-marketers and outlines the major differences. The comparison of the performance of an official sponsor with an ambushmarketer in digital platforms shows that most of the time indeed the official sponsor achieved higher effects than the ambush-marketer. But since there are also some other factors besides being an official or non-official sponsor that have an impact on the marketing effects of a company (like for example the success of the sponsored team, the degree of popularity of adidas/Nike and its testimonials etc.) the author also provides a critical acclaim about the findings of the thesis. Since adidas performed so well on digital platforms and achieved or even exceeded almost all of their pre-defined goals it can be concluded that sport sponsoring in social media platforms is a very potent and effective marketing method. Also the ambushmarketer Nike achieved some effects on digital platforms but not to the same extent as the official sponsor adidas.

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Author:Vanessa Blersch
Advisor:Marc Peter Radke
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2015
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2015/11/26
Tag:FIFA-Weltmeisterschaft 2014; Sportmarketing
Degree Program:IBW - Internationale Betriebswirtschaft
Functional area:Marketing